November Concert

On Monday, November 19, 2018 at 7:30 pm, internationally acclaimed pianist Anna Petrova joins Maestro Hinds and the MSO for Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2., one of the greatest works in the piano repertoire! Reserve your seat today! Call the Montgomery Symphony Office at (334)240-4004 to reserve your tickets today!

Bulgarian pianist, Anna Petrova, has been praised by the BBC Magazine for her “artistic, clear and enlightened” performances.
At her New York orchestral debut with conductor Philippe Entremont, shortly followed by a second invitation, Petrova was noted for her “ultra-smooth playing style”- New York Fine Arts Examiner. She has recently joined the piano faculty at the University of Louisville and performs extensively as a soloist and chamber musician.
This season Petrova is in Norway and Spain with Norwegian violinist Anna Margrethe Nilsen on a CD release tour with the Complete Grieg Sonatas for violin and piano (Centaur Records, 2017). As the pianist of the clarinet-viola-piano trio Iris, Petrova will tour Canada and Germany with an innovative program of classical repertoire paired with works by living composers. She has been involved intensely in the founding and launching of the Alberto Jonás International School of Music in Valencia, Spain, which will open its door this June. Other activities include return engagements as a soloist in the US and Spain, a masterclass in the Jose Iturbi Valencia Conservatory, and chamber music appearances at festivals in the US and Europe. Currently, she is working on a two-CD set of the complete piano sonatas of Russian composer Samuil Feinberg for NAXOS. A solo recital CD as well as a number of chamber music recordings will be released on Centaur Records in 2018.
Highlights of recent seasons include a recording of Stravinsky’s Les Noces with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and conductor JoAnn Falletta, Virginia Arts Festival (NAXOS, 2016); a solo tour of Chile; a masterclass and solo recital in Beijing, China, and performances of Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini, Prokofiev First and Third Piano Concertos, and the Beethoven Triple Concerto. At her return engagement with the Monterey Symphony Orchestra, CA, the Peninsula Reviews wrote: “There was a lot of vitality in her crisp playing […]bringing out in Petrova an impetuous excitement that stirred the audience to its feet at its conclusion.”- Lyn Bronson.
Prizewinner of numerous international competitions, including the José Roca (Spain), Bösendorfer (Bulgaria) and Maria Yudina (Russia), Petrova was a semifinalist at the Queen Elizabeth International Piano Competition in Belgium, where she performed as a soloist with the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia under Paul Goodwin. Other conductors she has played with include Max Bragado-Darman, Bruno Aprea, Ramón Tébar, Francisco Valero – Terribas, and Jonathan Pasternack.
She has given solo recitals in halls such as Carnegie’s Weil Recital Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Brussels’ Conservatoire Royal, Chicago’s Preston Bradley Hall, Vienna’s Bösendorfer Hall, Auditorio Ciudad de Leon and Palau de la Musica in Spain.
Her performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio Performance Today, New York’s WQXR, Chicago’s WFMT, and Bulgarian National Radio and Television.
Petrova holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Manhattan School of Music, where her main teachers have been Horacio Gutiérrez and André-Michel Schub.